Govt releases GH¢200-million cedis for desilting drains country-wide

The Government has fulfilled its pledge to provide GH¢200 million for the desilting of drains across the country, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister for Works and Housing said on Tuesday. The release of funds, he said, had paved the way for the commencement Ghana’s Desilting Programme nationwide as the rains set in this year.

Speaking at the Information Ministry’s Media Briefing, on Tuesday, Mr. Atta Akyea said with the emergence of COVID-19, the country could not afford to suffer double jeopardy with casualties from floods.

Mr. Atta Akyea recalled that the Ghana Meteorological Agency had forecasted the country would experience heavy rains this year.

He explained the country’s open drainage system had done evil than good because some citizens continued to throw rubbish into these open drains thereby choking them.

“We have challenges with drains in the entire country,” he said, adding that, the construction of drains over the years had caused the State a lot of money.

In the year 2012, the Minister said, the State spent GH¢17.6 million cedis, while in 2013, it cost 32.3 million cedis.

Also, in 2014, it cost GH¢24.8 cedis, while in 2016 and 2017 the State spent GH¢23.2 million and GH¢12.2 million cedis respectively.